Hawks play Lynnwood in a must win game Thursday night

Two things needs to happent this week in order for the Terrace Hawks to have a chance for post-season play this year.

The Hawks must win their regular season finale Thursday night vs. the Lynnwood Royals and Everett must lose to Glacier Peak on Friday.

If that wasn’t enough, there is a chance that the Hawks will have to play on Saturday in a 5-way tie-breaker.

The Seattle Times has more:

If Meadowdale (4-2 league) loses on the road at Oak Harbor (3-3), Glacier Peak (6-0) defeats Everett (4-2) and Mountlake Terrace (3-3) beats winless Lynnwood, five teams would finish at 4-3 in league play.

That would necessitate a Kansas City tie-breaker to determine the WesCo’s second, third and fourth berths to the district playoffs in Week 10. WesCo No. 2 hosts SPSL No. 2, while WesCo Nos. 3 and 4 go on the road to KingCo No. 2 and SPSL No. 1, respectively.

The tie-breaker match-ups are based on a draw of numbers that takes place at the spring athletic directors’ meeting each year. Based on that draw, here is how a five-way tie-breaker would shape up.

Game 1 would pit Mountlake Terrace vs. Everett, followed by Meadowdale vs. Oak Harbor (in an immediate rematch of Friday’s full game). Shorecrest would play with the winner of Game 1 in the third game.

The losers from the first two games would then play in Game 4, followed by the winners of games 2 and 3 to determine the second and third berths to districts. The winner of Game 4 finishes things against the loser of Game 3 to decide the fourth district berth.

Of course, a Meadowdale and/or Everett victory on Friday avoids that cluster. If Meadowdale wins, but Everett loses, a three-way tie for third likely ensues.

In that scenario, Everett would face Mountlake Terrace in Game 1, with the winner facing Shorecrest for the third seed. The losers of the first two then would play for the fourth seed, but only if the teams hadn’t already played.

The Hawks play the Lynnwood Royals Thursday night at Edmonds Stadium at 7pm.


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